Sunday, May 24, 2015

"We hear them speaking in our own tongues of the mighty acts of God" (Acts 2,11) John 15:26-27.16:12-15.

Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11. 
When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together.
And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were.
Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them.
And they were all filled with the holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.
Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem.
At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd, but they were confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language.
They were astounded, and in amazement they asked, "Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans?
Then how does each of us hear them in his own native language?
We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites, inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,
Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene, as well as travelers from Rome,
both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs, yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues of the mighty acts of God."

Psalms 104(103):1.24.29-30.31.34.
Bless the LORD, O my soul!
O LORD, my God, you are great indeed!
How manifold are your works, O LORD!
the earth is full of your creatures;
If you take away their breath, they perish

and return to their dust.
When you send forth your spirit, they are created,
and you renew the face of the earth.
If you May the glory of the LORD endure forever;

may the LORD be glad in his works!
Pleasing to him be my theme;
I will be glad in the LORD.

Letter to the Galatians 5:16-25.
I say, then: live by the Spirit and you will certainly not gratify the desire of the flesh.
For the flesh has desires against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you may not do what you want.
But if you are guided by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
Now the works of the flesh are obvious: immorality, impurity, licentiousness,
idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, rivalry, jealousy, outbursts of fury, acts of selfishness, dissensions, factions,
occasions of envy, drinking bouts, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness,
gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
Now those who belong to Christ (Jesus) have crucified their flesh with its passions and desires.
If we live in the Spirit, let us also follow the Spirit.

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 15:26-27.16:12-15. 

Jesus said to his disciples: "When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth that proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me.
And you also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.
I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.
But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming.
He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.
Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine and declare it to you."

"We hear them speaking in our own tongues of the mighty acts of God" (Acts 2,11)

Joyfully we have seen this Pentecost day arise, my brethren, in which holy Church shines out in the eyes of the faithful and their hearts are set on fire. For we are celebrating that day on which our Lord Jesus Christ, after his resurrection and the glory of his ascension, sent the Holy Spirit…

This wind purified hearts from the straw of the purely natural life; this fire burnt up the grass of their former desires; these tongues, spoken by the apostles filled with the Holy Spirit, prefigured the Church’s expansion through the languages of all nations. After the flood, sacrilege had built a high tower against the Lord and humankind deserved to be divided by many languages… (Gn 11); but now the humility and devotion of believers subjects the variety of these languages to the unity of the Church. Charity reunites what discord had dispersed and the different parts of humankind, like scattered members of a single body, are rejoined to each other and to Christ, their leader and their only Head (Col 2,19). They are dissolved into unity by the fire of love…

Brothers and sisters, members of Christ’s body, seeds of unity, children of peace: celebrate this day with joy, celebrate it in all security. Because you are witnessing what was formerly made known by the coming of the Holy Spirit being accomplished in you. Each one of those who then received the Holy Spirit spoke every language for himself alone. Today, the unity of the Church spread amongst all peoples speaks all languages, and it is at the heart of this unity that you possess the Holy Spirit, you who are not separated by any schism from the Church of Christ which speaks all languages.

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